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  • Paperback
  • 209 pages
  • Biruma Kara no tegami (Letters from Burma) and The Voice of Hope
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • English
  • 04 March 2018
  • 9780140264036

10 thoughts on “Biruma Kara no tegami (Letters from Burma) and The Voice of Hope

  1. says:

    When bathing in the rain was no longer one of the great pleasures of my existence, I knew I had left my childhood behind me From where does man s passion for recording people and events spring Did cave dwellers paint hunting scenes to pass an idle hour or was it fulfilment of an unconscious need to immortalize their deeds for posterity This is Amazing stuff I didn t know she was already married and settled in UK before she came to Myanmar and joined the struggle against military regim, to be house arrested for 21 years The 52 once a week letters were written soon after begining of her house arrest and aren t as boring as you would expect a politician s writing to be They are a bit like Nauru s writings tracing bits of culture, traditions, rains history, day to day life under oppressive regime, struggle agunst same, income inequities, dances, music, her own house arrested life etc, never going into too many details at any one time There is a chapter on tea, another on seasons, a few on festivals and so on.Her own life and nature seems too simple for such a popular leader as she often talk about it it includes worrying over water leaks during rains in her own home to reading a crime mystery novel on a free Sunday Then, there is her love for poetry, children and flowers and a decent sense of humor Talking about telephone connection problems In Burma, one should approach the telephone with a prayer on the lips and determination to try, try and try again She has a charming way of making political rheotic real She would begin her letter with description of a child birth ceromony,reflect as to what babies so cute and only then go into high child morality rates.About foreign investors To observe businessmen who come to Burma with the intention of enriching themselves is somewhat like watching passers by in an orchard roughly stripping off blossoms for their fragile beauty, blind to the ugliness of despoiled branches, oblivious of the fact that by their action they are imperilling future fruitfulness and committing an injustice against the rightful owners of the trees And finally, a rather handy quote to remember these days To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy


  2. says:

    When I was a freshman in high school, I watched with my English classmates a movie called Beyond Rangoon, wherein white people think trying to have fun in 1988 Myanmar is a great idea to spend money on Scanning through the Wiki page, I see film may have had an impact beyond movie screens , celebrated democracy leader thanked filmmakers , helped raise world attention on a previously invisible tragedy , all alongside a movie poster of a floating Truth has a witness. and staring blue eyes All that might have been fine and dandy when I was a young student with no control over my imbibed curriculum, but that white savior simplification of politics is fit only for child s play, and is why I will never read Finding George Orwell in Burma when works like this exist I m sure there are books that go in depth into the origins of Burma and extend further into the future of today s Myanmar than this slim collection of weekly articles meant for a Japanese newspaper, but when it comes to topics like these, every read work is a trust exercise I m not interested in knowledge that obfuscates than it supports.As hinted at above, this is not at all an intricate layout of Aung San Suu Kyi s life in context with Burmese reality of the time, filled with endless numbers and dates and technical jargon I mean, technically it is, what with her constantly grounding each of her 52 topics in Burmese culture, politics, social justice history and the economics of globalization, but it is never a list, or a documentary, or a research project undertaken for the chance of tenure Whatever she talks about, spanning from transportation to religious infrastructure to the number of lives lost to assassination and imprisonment, starts and ends with the people and this much sensationalized heritage life has bequeathed them There is no mention here of Beyond Rangoon there is only the slightest acknowledgement that a novel written about contemporary events would be passed over as an Orwellian fabrication with little originality and only a fraction of merit It is good, then, that the structure Aung San Suu Kyi works within here is not an effort of literary composition, or some fictional drabble that will live on as a well known cultural artifact that does nothing to encourage real political action This work is far less concentric, far faceted, and has no time to waste on clever acronyms of ideologies when students are being arrested, activists are being sentenced to seven years imprisonment in the space of an invisible afternoon, and festivals of water and light are carried out around blockades and through soldier strewn thoroughfares This is not your classic metaphor or the thought exercise of political science classrooms This is a turn of history that involves everything that came before working towards all that is hoped to follow after, and life lived politically is just as flesh and blood and dream as the rest of them.It s not hard to draw lines between military action there and police movement here, even less so when it comes to the two country s students, bureaucrats, and socioeconomic platforms Even the steamrolling of the less populated concerns in favor of the greater comes through with the Rohyingya Muslims, about whom Aung San Suu Kyi has so far said nothing Much of what she wrote here is admirable in its intellectual compassion and empathetic theorizing, but as always, actions speak louder than words Much has changed since the days of 96 when this work was published and I was but five years old, but it seems that it is still necessary to wait for the world to change I look forward to it, to say the least.


  3. says:

    I struggled with some of the innocent dreams contained in these little essays, covering a year in the life of the author post her house arrest, considering what is happening with the Rohingya Muslims The essays cover some Burmese traditions, some political events, actions of the junta, the dreams and hopes for democracy, some of the people and some geographic descriptions The writing is quite dry at times but there is not a lot written about this poverty stricken country.


  4. says:

    Prior to reading this book, my knowledge of Aung San Suu Kyi was rather limited I knew that she was the daughter of a Burmese nationalist who fought for independence from the British and that she was under house arrest for a while because she advocated for democracy when Myanmar was a military dictatorship Because of that she won the Nobel Peace Prize and I also remember reading that she married a British man and that the constitution in Myanmar doesn t allow her to become president because of that marriage In 2015 when I was in China, I remember I met a person from Myanmar for the first time When we talked about Myanmar, she was so happy and enthusiastic to talk about Aung San Suu Kyi But when I mentioned the Rohingya people and asked what s going on there, her mood immediately changed and she wasn t keen to talk about them.So what happened after I read this book My knowledge of Aung San Suu Kyi is still rather limited I feel like I didn t learn much from this book It s a weekly journal of 52 entries from 1995 1996 Most of the time Aung San Suu Kyi talks about her political party and how they managed to operate even though they faced so many obstacles She mentions quite a few colleagues, but I didn t know any of them so it was very hard for me to connect Every now and then, she talks about a Burmese tradition or some cultural aspect, but it just felt so random amidst all the political talk Well at least, I know now that Aung San Suu Kyi is very interested in Japanese culture and she loves reading mystery books Too bad she didn t provide any concept, context or introduction to what this book is about For people without any knowledge of Burma, this book feels very abrupt Unity in diversity has to be the principle of those who genuinely wish to build our country into a strong nation that allows a variety of races, languages, beliefs and cultures to flourish in peaceful and happy co existence Only a government that tolerates opinions and attitudes different from its own will be able to create an environment where peoples of diverse traditions and aspirations can breathe freely in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and trust


  5. says:

    In 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize She was awarded this for being a steadfast peaceful resistance to the draconian, petty and brutal Myanmar regime She was under house arrest for 21 years as the leader of the National Defence League She took all of the threats, disruption and harassment from the and look it back in the face with a wry smile and unlimited courage She would have her friends and colleagues arrested regularly, her road was frequently blocked, especially if she had been planning to hold a meeting or gathering.All of these overt and covert attacks would have ground most people down, but she bore it with good grace and resilience She was sustained by her drive to see the country she loves, one day gain a functioning democracy In these fifty two letters, she discusses the problems that they have as a country, describes the plight of those that have suffered at the hands of the regime and the repression of the population It is also full of minutia, she talks about the weather, taking tea and the festivals that were still permitted.In some ways I liked this, she speaks with a strong voice and brings to life the country that very few have seen from outside All the way through she has a very clear aim of bringing urgent and necessary change to the country change all the time she was in custody, an aim that the authorities to every opportunity to frustrate She was released in 2010 and won the election in 2015 She has not been able to hold the presidency because she is the widow and mother of foreigners provisions from the constitution that seem to have been written specifically to prevent her from being eligible She was awarded the position of State Counsellor and wields power from there She has faced criticism in the past couple of years as she has seemingly deliberately ignored the plight of the Rohingya people and the genocide that they are suffering It tarnishes what is a good book and until that point a life that should have been celebrated.


  6. says:

    Letters from Burma is a charming look at the beauty of Burma and the struggles for democracy in the wake of the ignored election results of 1990 Burmese politics have obviously moved on since then and lately for the better , but it s a revealing insight into the times from the woman at the center of the maelstrom Told as a series of short letters in a later era, they would have been blog posts , the book starts out with vignettes describing Burmese customs and daily life They are quite evocative and than a little charming As we hit the middle of the book, and of the struggles of the National League for Democracy NLD party enter the stories, and we culminate focusing entirely on the NLD s persecution.This was an important book at the time it was published, and still carries lots of historical importance, but as Burma continues to stutter toward open democracy, hopefully this book will continue to work its way onto the history shelves and away from contemporary Burmese politics.


  7. says:

    I never thought I would encounter 1 Extremely dry writing2 Pointless chapters that were written in order to beef up the book I m so glad that I learned that Aung San Suu Kyi loved whodunit books though I can now continue living my life.3 A political manifesto of questionable integrity in light of Aung San Suu Kyi s behaviour, disguised poorly as a part memoir part this is what s really happening part I have no idea why she is writing this book at all 4 Descriptions and story telling so poorly done that a Lonely Planet blurb can do a better joball in one book After years of searching for a book meeting this specific criteria, I finally found it And I hated it.


  8. says:

    Letters From Burma is a collection of beautifully written letters which touches all the topics related to Myanmar Burma ranging from daily activities of a Burmese such as tea shop sitting, traditional festivals such as Thingyan Water Festival Burmese New Year to serious topics like SLORC the State Law and Order Restoration Council s abuses and frequent harassments on pro democracy activists and NLD members including a brief biography of the members of the NLD executive committee These letters were sent to a Japanese newspaper around 1995 96 when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her house arrest since 1990 This is a great book Simple and easy to read vivid portrayals can easily enable the reader to imagine what life in Burma was like in those days Highly recommended to any individual naturally foreigners of course who s looking for a quick introduction on Burma, her people and her culture I suggest one should also read her two other books Freedom from Fear and Voice of Hope Conversations with Alan Clements to grasp not only comprehensive account of Burma and her politics but also to gain insight into how the inspirational and courageous leader thinks and acts.


  9. says:

    Aung San Suu Kyi s Letters From Burma is a great place to start if you re looking to be introduced to what life was like during her house arrest, the beauty of her country and it s people A quick read, and a hard one I loved the beautiful prose, there s gentleness in her writing and so much light depicted in friendliness, the peoples sense of humour and hospitality I mostly enjoyed the letters about Burmese traditions, from how to take tea, the annual Water Festival and others like this but found it hard to digest the darker, brutal and humourless life the Burmese contend to, letters which slipped in between the pages of this book informing the reader of the complex issues the Burmese face As the sun begins to go down the sky lights up in orange hues The Burmese refer to this hour as the time of blazing clouds and also as the time when the ugly turn beautiful because the golden light casts a flattering glow on most complexions How simple it would be if a mere turn of light could make everything that was ugly beautiful Aung San Suu Kyi


  10. says:

    This makes for interesting ironic reading now that Aung San Suu Kyi is effectively head of state and the NLD is using the same censorship laws that prevented them from functioning under military rule Suu Kyi tends to idealise and exoticise Burmese traditions as she presents them to her Western reader, and often shows herself as deeply privileged, especially when she talks about shopping for steak in Oxford, or the entire chapter on the Japanese tea ceremony lesson she had from an American teacher at Oxford She s also very old fashioned in a funny way, like when she describes the chivalrous old way of celebrating Thingyan when only women would throw water on men, and deplores the intoxication associated with Thingyan in recent years An especially ironic section to read is her narration of adopting the Rakhine Thingyan customs during an NLD event Rakhine customs are praised for their beauty, perhaps that extends to ethnic cleansing of Rohingya


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About the Author: Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar opposition leader, daughter of Aung San a martyred national hero of independent Burma and Khin Kyi a prominent Burmese diplomat , and winner in 1991 of the Nobel Prize for Peace.Aung San Suu Kyi was two years old when her father, then the de facto prime minister of what would shortly become independent Burma, was assassinated She attended schools in Burma until 1960, when her mother